Hamlet actor Paapa Essiedu was awarded Best Performance in a Play at the UK Theatre Awards this weekend.

Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Hamlet, wearing a paint stained jacket and banging on a drum
Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet
Photo by Manuel Harlan © RSC – Image Licensing

The awards recognise theatre produced outside London. Paapa played Hamlet, directed by Simon Godwin, in our recent production that played in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon throughout the summer. 

Paapa is currently appearing as Edmund in King Lear which is screened live in cinemas from 12 October. This show finishes its run in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and transfers to the Barbican from 12 November. 

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